Learn from successful entrepreneurs
How to make gamechanging decisions.

The Course

Students & Teams develop principles that will influence companies and their personal growth.


Fundamental beliefs that allow us to make overall judgments.


Actionable rules of conduct that provide guidance for life and business decisions. Principles are derived from our values.

The Curriculum

Students work on their own frameworks and principles during immersive class sessions.

Exercises Guest Speakers Team Project Case Studies


Small Groups

Students can apply in small groups, which meet to elaborate on the principles formulated from the case discussions.

Any Background

Students are from any background, as the variety of experiences leads to multiple points of view and stimulates engaging discussions.

Early Admission

Seats are limited, so take advantage of early application to improve the chances of admission and form small groups right away.

Applications are now closed - please come back in fall 2021 when we will start taking applications for the class during winter quarter 2021

2021 Applications are now open! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Early deadline: 12/6 (accepted applicants will hear back from us by 12/15)

Final deadline: 12/13 (all applicants will hear back from us by 12/31)

The first class session will be held on:

Monday, 01/11/2021 on Zoom

Some of our Guests

Joshua Carter

Joshua Carter

CEO @ Aperia Technologies

After receiving an MS from Stanford in MechE - Design Methodology, Joshua co-founded Aperia Technologies, of which he is CEO.

Jim Castelaz

Jim Castelaz

CEO @ Motiv Power Systems

Jim was a PhD student in EE at Stanford when he founded Motiv. He was featured in the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40.

J.D. Ross

Vanessa Larco

Partner @ NEA

Vanessa was a Product Lead at Playdom where she shaped an industry during the haydays of social gaming. In 2016, she became a Parter at NEA, focusing on Enterprise SaaS and Consumer Services investments.

Bruce Cozadd

Bruce Cozadd

CEO @ JAZZ Pharmaceuticals

A GSB alumnus, he held various exec positions with ALZA Corporation until 2001. In 2003 he co-founded Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio

CEO @ Bridgewater

He founded Bridgewater in 1975 which became the world’s largest hedge fund. He is author of the #1 NYT Bestseller ’Principles: Life and Work’.

Matthew Prince

Matthew Prince

CEO @ Cloudflare

Matthew is a professor of law, but also the co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, the WSJ 2013 most innovative internet and network company.

Christian Chabot

Christian Chabot

Chairman @ Tableau

Stanford and GSB alumnus, Christian started his career as a data analyst at Cornerstone Research, but ended up co-founding Tableau in 2003.

KR Sridhar

KR Sridhar

CEO @ Bloom Energy

Prior to founding Bloom Energy, KR was Director of the Space Technologies Laboratory, professor at the University of Arizona and served as an advisor to NASA.

Hilarie Koplow-McAdams

Hilarie Koplow-McAdams

Former SVP @ Oracle

Hilarie is a Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates. She was SVP at Oracle, President at Salesforce and sits on the Board of Tableau and Duo.

The Teaching Team

Jack Fuchs

Lecturer MS&E

Jack has been teaching at Stanford for over 7 years. He is an Operating Partner at Blackhorn Ventures and board Member and Advisor of, among others, Motiv and Aperia.

Scott Sandell

Managing General Partner @ NEA

#16 on The Midas List in 2018, Scott has been with New Enterprise Associates for more than 20 years. His most notable exits include Workday, Tableau, Mulesoft, Uber and Coursera.

Tom Byers

Entrepreneurship Professor MS&E

Tom has been teaching at Stanford for 24 years and has been a Faculty Director, since inception, of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). He received Stanford University's Gores Award.

Teaching Assistants

Vikram Shanker

MS Computer Science


Amanda Brown

MS Management Science & Engineering


Stefan Faistenauer

MS Management Science & Engineering


Raban von Spiegel

MS Management Science & Engineering


The Volunteers

Valerie Huynh

Investment Analyst

David Nawrath

Management & Technology
@ TU Munich

Grayson Zulauf

Ph.D. Candidate
@ Stanford

David Zweig

@ PeerHouse

Makena Ehnisz

BS Technology & Society
@ Stanford